This Tiago has been a witness to my seeing good roads turn to worse, thanks to the rains. But it humbly took the challenge of negotiating these roads with the kind of poise that one usually comes across only in cars from a segment or two above. This is one of the key aspects that make this compact hatch stand out from the rest. I’ve had the opportunity to take feedback from a variety of passengers, and they only had nice things to say about the ambience and the air-con. However, the extremely soft seats are unable to offer comfort over long distances.
We ran into some irritants though, like the boot lid that needs to be flung with force to get it shut. Our Tiago also came with a unique rattle from the front end which even a workshop visit couldn’t rectify. But barring these and a weird wiper mechanical noise, there isn’t anything much to complain about. Especially, when one can squeeze through traffic with excellent visibility and the confidence inspired by those rear parking sensors.
Powering the diesel Tiago is a 1.0-litre Revotorq motor that has enough performance on tap for regular commutes and peaceful long drives. With peak performance hovering between 2000rpm and 3000rpm, it is imperative that you slot here in the ‘City’ mode when eyeing any sporty manoeuvre. Engine noise can filter into the cabin only when it is revved to the limit, and this is due to some very good insulation. Our Tiago is quite frugal too, as it consistently gave us 15.48kpl and 18.27kpl in the city and highway. As much as the steering provides good feedback overall, it could have been a little more responsive around the dead centre position.